La Souriante Madame Beudet

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La Souriante Madame Beudet
La Souriante Madame Beudet.jpg
Directed by Germaine Dulac
Produced by Charles Delac
Marcel Vandal
Written by Denys Amiel (play)
André Obey
Starring Germaine Dermoz
Alexandre Arquillière
Cinematography Maurice Forster
Paul Parguel
Release dates 1922
Running time 38 mins.
Country France
Language Silent film
French intertitles

La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet) is a short French silent film made in 1922, directed by famed surrealist director Germaine Dulac. It stars Germaine Dermoz as the protagonist Madame Beudet, who has grown tired of her husbands foolish antics and Alexandre Arquillière as Monsieur Beudet. It is considered by many to be one of the first truly "feminist" films. It tells the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage.


Madame Beudet is used to Monsieur Beudet playing a stupid practical joke. A frequent stunt is one in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. After getting into an argument with Monsieur Beudet, she secretly puts bullets into the revolver, hoping that he will accidentally kill himself next time he pulls the same practical joke. However, after a sleepless night she becomes stricken with remorse and tries secretly to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Unfortunately Monsieur Beudet gets to the revolver first, thinking the revolver is empty as usual, and this time he points the revolver at her and shoot. The bullet misses her, and he thinks she was trying to commit suicide; he embraces her and says "How could I live without you?"


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